I took advantage of the black friday sales and enrolled in this course. I had considered it a couple of times, but the only item that really interested me was the zip pouch. However, I am sure I will learn more techniques with the other bits as well.
Misti Alpaca Tonos Carnival – Symphony Blue
I went to my local yarn store (it has new owners and now is much friendlier) and bought more yarn (because you can never have too much yarn!). This is so soft! I have decided I need to make something to wrap around my neck. My current plan is the Nowhere Cowl by Kate Atherley (I already had the Better Elsewhere e-book in my Ravelry library – because I seem to have an obsession with sock yarn). So now I just need to finish my Favourite Scarf(I think my version is going to be incredibly long – maybe I should have made it wider?).
The embroidery is finished! By the end it was terribly out of alignment – more a rhombus than a square. I have blocked it, but I suspect I will have to block twice.
I have been terribly grumpy all day today – for no real reason, but I feel angry. Two hard games of netball didn’t help although often a good run around can lift my spirits.
Anyway, to feel less wild, I decided to ignore my to do list and knit …
This is the second half and I don’t think I have too much more to do, which is great because I have subscribed to the Inspired by Islay club that Kate Davies is running. I always love her patterns (even if I don’t knit them) and her essays are fabulous.
So I completely stuffed up my knitting – not sure what happened, but the Yarn Overs were out of alignment. To the point where I had to fix it. I tried unknitting back to the place, but seemed to lose stitches in the process. Then I tried to rip it back to below the error and start again. This has never worked for me in the past – I usually end up starting again. And I must admit my first two attempts ended badly, but then, somehow miraculously, I managed to get the right number of stitches back on the needle and I don’t even think I twisted any!
I found this video (via Mason Dixon Knitting), which gave me the confidence to have a go – after all it’s only knitting the worse thing that could happen is that I would have to start again.
I have been trying to find the quiet in every day. I tend to catastrophise and my response/attitude makes things worse. So I have decided I need to find some space where I can just be. I don’t want to work on anything complicated just something simple and easy to do. This scarf is perfect – looks complex, but is very easy to knit.
So know I am knitting and listening – I’m listening to Tess of the D’Urbervillesread by Anna Bentinck. It is very nice having someone read to you (she even sings drunkenly when Mr Durbeyfield does!).
Still working on the scarf – I seem to be a very slow knitter. I guess I should just think it is about the process and not mind too much, but we all only get so many hours in our lives and I want to get something finished.
We’ve been away – a relaxing, wintry holiday where not a lot got done. There was even a kangaroo in the garden.
Kangaroo in our back garden
I wanted to take portable craft with me. I took the birds …
I now only have the back ground to complete and I need to decide what stitch to use. I’ve decided to let it sit for a bit and see if inspiration strikes.
Progress on the second half
I also took this scarf away – I am now onto the second-half. It is an easy pattern to remember, which makes it perfect for movie and television knitting (currently watching The Man Who Knew Infinity), although I do often forget the P2tog at the end of every second row (not such a bad mistake I usually pick it up early on the next row).
Mason Dixon Knitting – Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
I found this while in Singapore (at Kinokuniya – well worth a visit if you’re ever in Singapore). I have been reading their blog for ages, but never came across the book in Australia.
I loved this book it was witty and light-hearted and had several projects I would like to try. It is a great mix of projects and knitting observation/lifestyle.
I am super keen on a log cabin blanket …
Log Cabin Blanket
I am also quite keen to try the wash clothes – although I find it quite hard to find cotton yarn.
Here are some of the things that made me laugh out loud
As it turns out, however, a sweater doesn’t look exactly the same on a fortysomething mother of two as it does on the leggy twenty-year-old model who is wearing the sweater (and, often, only the sweater) while cavorting on the moody, misty moors of Yorkshire.My beloved Rowenta [an iron] is right up there with my engagement ring and photo albums on the list of things I would try to grab and take with me if the house was burning down.
The television natters on,politely, as British detectives solve another of the violent murders that are such a plague upon the quaint rural towns of England
And now just a nice quote about knitting
[…] you begin to think that knitting for another human being is the best way to express love, concern and solidarity.
It all went horribly wrong! I just could not get the neck and armhole shaping to work (and the lace went pear-shaped).
As you can see, I am unravelling! (I can only face one ball at a time).
I have decided I need to get head my head around the shaping without any pattern issues. I’ve downloaded Blank Canvas, which I believe was designed for this very purpose (get on top of shaping before trying a more complicated pattern).
It uses one ball of (extremely beautiful) misti alpaca sock yarn – perfect (I have quite a few of those on my stash). This one is colourway 46.
What you see above is my third attempt (maybe fourth – I am losing track). It is an easy project, but I get to the end of a row and realise I haven’t done the double decrease properly and my attempts to undo one row always end in disaster. Or I forget to P2Tog at the end and get half-way through the next row before I realise everything is slightly out of alignment. I need to learn how to fix mistakes – is there any course on that?